90 Mile Beach and Shipwreck Bay
10 March 2018 | Far North New Zealand
This morning we set out to collect Pipi's (a shellfish sort of like a clam) out on 90 mile beach, just a few miles to the west. The beach is much like a highway. Two way traffic, with vehicles parked here and there while people fish, walk, ride horses, or whatever they enjoy along the coast.
It was a drizzly, wet day with a pretty good surf coming in with the tide. John, Brad and Travis collected enough for dinner, then Travis (13) took me for a spin in their great little beach machine.
From there we headed to Shipwreck Bay, just a few miles away, for what I'll call an off road beach adventure. It's a quite rocky shoreline, and when the tide is out, locals drive 4wd vehicles, or motorcycles on it. It's a beautiful trek, and there are quite a number of remote cabins (they would call that a 'bach', pronounced batch) tucked away above the beach.
A stop in Ahipara on the way home for a monstrous order of hot chips with chicken salt, and I was a happy camper. But wait, then there's a dinner of Pipi's, Paua (abalone) cooked NZ style in a cream sauce, lamb chops, and some nice, dark NZ beer.
Kiwi hospitality at it's best.